Nominations for AMI board close today as hunt goes on for CEO

Nominations for election to the board of the Australian Marketing Institute close later today as the industry body also continues its search for a new chief executive.

AMI chairman Graham Wright told Mumbrella that 19 nominations had so far been received for six board places up for grabs. Board hopefuls must submit their application by 5pm this afternoon. AMI_Rel1_BW_Fig5

Wright said he was “pretty happy” with the response, claiming it showed there was good industry support for the organisation.

The names of the nominees will be announced on Monday with AMI members given from August 29 until September 14 to vote. Read more »

Live blog: Thursday June 26

Welcome to Mumbrella’s live blog, our daily roundup of what’s happening in media and marketing.

Top Stories:

5.15pm – Tributes are coming in to former Australian News Channel news director and COO Ian Cook who has died aged 68.

Australian News Channel CEO, Angelos Frangopoulos said: “Ian was a great mentor to the many journalists at SKY NEWS and had been a driving force in the establishment of Sky News Australia. Ian has left a lasting legacy in Australian journalism, guiding hundreds of young people through their careers, offering advice and support. He had a fearsome reputation for ensuring attention to detail which was driven by his passion for the craft.

“For me, he was both a mentor and friend. I will him miss greatly. Our thoughts are with his family.”

Sky News Political Editor, David Speers said: “Cookie was a great newsroom leader, never an easy job. He was also the best mentor of young journalists I’ve seen. He was always willing to tell me when I was on the right track or the wrong track. I respected him hugely and will miss him dearly.”

SevenWestMedia CEO Tim Worner said:

Ian was a great newsman.

He was spirited and talented, and he made an extraordinary contribution to journalism in Australia.

He has mentored and led the development and careers of many of today’s journalists.

He played a key role at Seven News in his time at our company.

And he was a powerhouse at Sky News.

He was still doing great work for Sky News as recently as a few weeks ago. He and his family were and are so

proud of that.

Like the fighter everyone who worked with and for him knew him to be, he fought the unbeatable right to the end.

Our thoughts are with his family.

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Dicko and Sarah Morice exit 2UE as part of schedule shakeup

Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson and Sarah Morice have been let go by struggling Sydney talk station 2UE as part of a programming shakeup.

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Their exit comes less than a year after they were moved from 2UE’s breakfast slot to afternoons.

Stuart Bocking is to be given the morning slot while Angela Catterns will move from mornings to the afternoon slot vacated by Dicko and Morice.

In a statement, general manager Chris Parker said the moves were what the audience wanted.

In the latest set of radio ratings, 2UE’s Monday to Friday share of the Sydney listening audience was second lowest of the commercial stations, on just 3.4 per cent.
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Marina Go to leave Private Media for Sydney-based role

marina goThe CEO of Crikey’s owner Private Media is to depart, Mumbrella can reveal.

Marina Go, who took on the role just a year ago, is to leave for family reasons. She announced the move to staff a few minutes ago. Chief operating officer Jason Kibsgaard will become acting CEO.

The independently owned Private Media, which also publishes Women’s Agenda, Smart Company, Property Observer, Start Up Smart and Mandarin, is headquartered in Melbourne. Go lives in Sydney where the company also has an office.

Go told Mumbrella that she was making the choice because her son was of HSC age and she was spending a couple of nights a week in Melbourne. Her husband works nights on The Australian.

She said: “It’s a very difficult decision, but it’s the right decision. It’s not a decision a parent should have to make, but unfortunately it is.” Read more »

Media players slip in Australia’s rich list

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Kerry Stokes

Seven West Media chairman Kerry Stokes has dropped two places in Australia’s rich list after seeing his estimated fortune fall almost $250 million – but he’s still worth $2.2 billion.

Stokes is now the 14th richest Australian, according to the 2014 BRW list of the country’s 200 wealthiest people, released yesterday afternoon, down from 12th last year.

The owner of regional TV player WIN and minority Ten shareholder, Bruce Gordon, also slipped in the rankings. His fortune of $1.09b was down from last year’s $1.39b which put him 34th in the list, nine places below 2013.

TV format king Reg Grundy came in at number 57, down from 53, with an estimated bank balance of $766m, only slightly less than last year.

Meanwhile, media agency pioneer Harold Mitchell was named as Australia’s 126th richest with a wealth of $375m, an increase of $5m on 2013. Read more »

Mamamia reveals commercial partners for new beauty launch TheGlow

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The Mamamia Network has revealed the commercial strategy for its newest website beauty and health offering TheGlow.com.au ahead of a formal launch next week.

TheGlow, which has already launched in beta test mode, will offer advertisers native ad opportunities similar to Mamamia, with brands, including Clinique and The Athlete’s Foot already on board, along with brands which have used the native ad offering on Mamamia.

“Brands like Nissan and Dove who want to expand their native advertising reach they’ve already got on the network to TheGlow… It’s been an absolutely positive response in market, people are really excited to see someone doing something in the online health and beauty space that’s a bit different,” said Mamamia editor-in-chief Jamila Rizvi.

With a staff of three full-time employees, including Alyx Gorman as editor, Nicky Champ as beauty director and Kahla Preston as a writer, the site will operate similarly to that of Mamamia, drawing on a network of contributors from personalities such as Zoe Foster.

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Seven fails in legal bid to stop media watchdog from revealing breaches in three broadcasts

sevenSeven has failed in a legal bid to block the media watchdog from finding the network breached TV’s code of practice in three separate cases.

Seven went to court in an attempt to stop the Australian Communications and Media Authority from publishing its rulings on two Sunday Night stories and one from Today Tonight.

In one case, Seven’s Sunday Night accused the Australian owners of a ship of “cowardice” and “murder” for failing to attempt a rescue of people stuck on a mobile oil platform during a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico.

In another, Today Tonight was unfairly critical of a clinic in how it conducted a skin treatment .

And Sunday Night was found to have breached the rules around race in how it covered an Amazonian tribe. Read more »

Vizeum wins Ella Bache

Skincare brand Ella Bache has appointed Vizeum to handle its communication strategy, media planning and buying.

The Dentsu Aegis-owned media agency will work with “a select number of media partners” as it looks to promote the beauty brand’s products and services and drive returns for its franchisee salons. Read more »

Subway challenges customers not to fall in love with steak sub

Subway is the latest brand to make a nostalgic choice in music track for its latest spot promoting its new steak range.

Created by production company Play TV, the spot utilises the 1975 track I’m not in Love by 10CC which Subway said is used “to express the undeniable taste satisfaction that Subway steak lovers experience when they eat their steak sub for the first time”.

The track is overlaid with images of customers enjoying the steak sub for the first time, while a deep-voiced narrator introduces the tagline “try not to fall in love with the new steak caramelised onion and cheese sub at Subway for a limited time”.

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Photojournalist Ella Rubeli named Walkley Young Journalist of the Year

ella rubeliFreelance photojournalist Ella Rubeli has been named 2014 Walkley Young Journalist of the Year as judges commended her “extraordinary” use of video, photojournalism, print and multimedia.

Rubeli’s three submitted pieces appeared in now defunct news site The Global Mail and focused on coal miners in the Hunter Valley, a mother grieving the loss of her son and an indigenous housing crisis in Tennant Creek. The 24-year-old won praise for her “outstanding use of all mediums”.

Rubeli “not only displayed the incredible emotion and impact that great storytelling can have, but proved that photojournalism will continue to play a powerful role across all mediums and has a very bright future”, judges said.

The Sydney journalist was also named the winner of the camerawork category.

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Tim Addington new boss of Publishers Australia

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Addington, left, moderates a magazines session at Mumbrella360 earlier this month

Former B&T editor Tim Addington has today been announced as the new executive director of industry trade body Publishers Australia.

Addington has been communications director at creative agency The Works for the last two years. Prior to that he spent six years with B&T, initially as managing editor, then as editor and associate publisher. Read more »

Hunger Games takes Go to 7.5% share as TV viewing fragments to secondary channels

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Nine’s’s airing of The Hunger Games on Go last night helped the secondary channel to an unusually strong 7.5 per cent audience share.

The 2012 film averaged 406,000 metro viewers – an extremely high number for a secondary channel.

Ina fragmented night of TV viewing, Seven was the only channel to deliver more than a 20% share – pulling in 21.2 per cent. This was primarily driven by reality contest House Rules, which was top for the night, rating just under 1.4m metro viewers, according to preliminary overnight ratings from OzTAM. Read more »

Live blog: Wednesday June 25 – Hacking trial | Women’s Weekly | Peter Greste | Steve Jones | DDB | Ratings | Specsavers | Family Feud | The Flash

Welcome to Mumbrella’s live blog, our daily roundup of what’s happening in media and marketing.

Top stories:

6.20pm – We wrap up tonight with a quick look at some of the media stocks on the ASX.

  • Ten (ASX:TEN) finished up a fraction at 27c, valuing the company at $710m.
  • Enero (ASX:EGG) was flat at 105c, putting the company market cap at $90m.
  • STW (ASX:SGN) had a bit of a drop today down by about 3% to $1.29, valuing the company at $520m
  • Salmat (ASX:SLM) drooped by 3.5% to $1.68, givign it a value of $266m.
  • APN News & Media (ASX:APN) closed at 0.775, pricing it at $800m.
  • Fairfax Media (ASX:FXJ) was also down a tad at 93c, valuing the company at $2.2bn.
  • Seven West Media (ASX:SWM) was up a little to $1.86, giving it a market cap of $1.86bn.
  • Southern Cross Media Group (ASX:SXL) fell by 2% to 1.05, pricing it at $740m.
  • And Nine Entertainment Co had a steady day, finishing at $2.18, pricing it at $2.05bn.

6pm – Ten isn’t hanging about on Family Feud. It’ll be on air in a couple of weeks.

5pm – The meme keeps on giving. But this remix of Game Of Thrones, featuring pug dogs, is pretty special.

3.15pm – Ads featuring flashers to sell clothes are abad thing, the ad watchdog has ruled.

2.44pm – Nestle’s $60m media account, currently held by ZO, is in play, reports AdNews.

2.12pm – Specsavers has appointed Cummins & Partners to handle its creative account, meaning incumbent McCann missed out.

Cummins & Partners managing director Chris Jeffares told Mumbrella: Read more »

Family Feud to launch on Ten in a fortnight

Ten has announced an air date for Family Feud.

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Flashing is against community standards, says ad watchdog

A women’s clothing brand which used a cartoon of a flasher in an online ad to promote a three day flash sale has been told off by the advertising regulator.

Kinki Gerlinki featured an image of 1950s cartoon character The Flash exposing himself to a woman, along with the message: “Flash Sale! 25% of all dresses! 3 days only! kinkigerlinki.com.au”.

A complaint from a member of the public to the ASB over the ad said: “This advertisement is offensive as it trivialises the sexual offense of indecent exposure as a means to promote the sale of women’s clothing. Read more »

Specsavers appoints Cummins & Partners to handle creative account

Specsasvers logoSpecsavers has appointed Cummins & Partners to handle its creative account following a competitive pitch.

Mumbrella understands Cummins & Partners fought four other agencies, including incumbent McCann Melbourne, for the account.

Liz Attia, head of national marketing at Specsavers, said: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank McCann for all the work they have produced for Specsavers over the last five years. It’s been an incredible journey and we appreciate the partnership and dedication McCann has shown to our brand in helping us to grow to where we are today.”
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Chris Murphy, the man behind INXS, launches new music rights company

Chris MurphyChris Murphy, the man behind INXS, has launched a new company Murphy Rights Management (MRM) which will offer clients in film, TV and advertising rights to music to pair with visual media.

The company is colaborating with agencies, film studies and television production companies across the world to deliver these “synchronisation opportunities”, which allows the copyright owner of music to grant a license holder the right to “sync” the music with a visual media output.

MRM is working with Grey Advertising (Renault), Music Mill (Just Jeans), NBC Television (Law & Order SVU), Disney, Warner Bros, Channel 7 (Never Tear Us Apart), SBS (Vikings), HBO and the Nine Network (When Love Comes to Town).

In a statement Murphy said: “People on the other side of the fence find it can be extraordinarily frustrating when they’re trying to get a sync approved and you have to deal with numerous rights holders including the publisher/s and the master copyrights owner. We decided to put our time, energy and money into helping creative people to manage their rights – the area I find most neglected in the industry.

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Woolworths’ ‘Jamie’s Table’ spruiks Oliver books and products

Days after a public backlash over putting a levy on producers to pay for a Jamie Oliver fresh produce campaign, Woolworths has launched a new initiative featuring the British chef.

‘Jamie’s Table’ sees weekly ads which are changed to reflect in-store promotions.

Created by Droga5, the campaign uses Oliver to explain the ‘Jamie’s Table’ concept while Woolworths employee, Ashleigh, introduced in the online shopping ad, highlights the weekly promotions.

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